A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine is due to be released on May 10 2011. Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to become an apprentice, only to discover she cannot afford it. Suspicious town’s people, a dragon, an ogre, flighty princess, greedy king and thieves all play their parts in altering her path. Instead of apprenticing as a weaver, as her parents expect, or as a traveling actress as she desires Elodie is offered a chance to become a dragon’s assistant. The dragon teaches common sense, induction, observation and deduction. In her adventures, she meets those that are trustworthy, and those who are not. There is a hated ogre with a heart of gold, intelligent dragon, charming thief, spies and felines of all kinds. Elodie learns to look beyond appearances, to truly observe the world around her, question the motives of others and trust in her own intelligence.

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